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Pre-professional Summer Intensive  

July 3rd - July 30th

Ages 12-18

Monday-Friday 9:30-1:15


Artistic Directors Meridith Benson & Mario de la Nuez lead the group of professional world class instructors that make de la’s intensive a great experience in the art of dance. Our goal is to help foster the physical, technical, mental, emotional and artistic development of all students in small classes with a lot of individual attention. Classes will be taught by de la Directors and Staff,  select members of the company and guest faculty. Classes are geared to the serious dancer who needs a great training ground but desires smaller classes, personal attention, and a variety of dance forms. de la offers a unique blend of excellent training in a nurturing environment. We meet each individual dancer where they are.

We work on the basics of the pointe technique, spending needed time at the barre doing basic releves and strengthening foot exercises to improve the dancer’s ability to perform variations and choreography on pointe with strength and finesse. We teach the whole body approach to pointe work working on proper alignment, rotation, and placement.

The intensive is a 4 or 5 week program that consists of a 2 hour ballet technique class Monday through Friday followed by 1 1/2 hr pointe class 3 days/wk and variations 2 days/wk.


Auditions are by appointment only.

Audition Class Times: 

Tuesday and Wednesday  9:30-11:00am

Friday 4:30-6:00pm

Saturday 11:30-1:00am

Please email to schedule.

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Also of interest - Check out our excellent professional company - DE LA Dance Company has a 30 week contract with a 4 four series Season of classical full length ballets as well as new contemporary repertory. Aside from providing high quality performances, the company directors offer individual dancer training, coaching and mentoring to those eager talented dancers who are committing their lives to dance. Contracts are available to dancers who are looking for a chance to improve their ballet technique and fill in some training they missed in their previous years and who are hungry to improve.

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